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musical guest wallows, and featuring the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 10 17! >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: oh, wow. oh, my goodness.ve thank yo much. welcome to "the tonight show", everybody. [ cheers and applause ] htve it up for the roots r there. you guys, it's presidents day. happy presidents day, you guys. [ cheers and applause ]
this morning president trump wnstairs in his pajamas looking for presents under the tree. [ laughter and applause ]ik he's "did he come? did i" -- [ light laughter ] presidents day honors georgeashington's birthday. and then i saw that today he'd be 287 years old. if washington were here today, he'd say, "holy crap, bernie sanders is still alive?" [ laughter and applause ] of course lots of stores had presidents day sales. in fact, today trump bought 2,000 miles of mattresses for bo ther. [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: aw. >> jimmy: well, he saw a deal. >> steve: that's sweet.at >> jimmy: right. it's presidents day. and we've had so many great presidents in this country. let's see how they sta against our current president. i'll show you what i mean. for instance, president lincolno the civil war. president trump thinks the avengers won the civil war. [ laughter and appuse ] "i love iron man." here's another one. presidenreagan told the ssians to tear down this wall. president trump asked the russians, "so, about that wall you had, is itr grabs now? [ laughter and applause ] can get it?
can i get that?" and finally, president monroe was wounded during the revolutionary war. president trump was wounded watching "saturday night live." [ audience ohs ] every president -- [ cheers and applause ] every president is different. but you guys, on presidents day, lots of schools and businesses are closed in honor of the hiday. and so i -- >> tariq: hey, jimmy. i bet i know more presidents than you. >> jimmy: yeah, rit. >> tariq: you scared? >> jimmy: bring it on. >> tariq: okay. who's the 33rd president? >> jimmy: easy. harry s. truman.th who'22nd president? >> tariq: grover cleveland. the emancipation proclamation? j my: abraham lincoln. bull moose party? >> tariq: roosevelt. >> jimmy: which one? >> tariq: teddy. stuck in a bathtub? >> jimmy: that was taft. weirdest name? >> tariq: millard fillmore. coolest name? >> jimmy: calvin clidge. [ laughter ] same name as a cartoon cat? >> tariq: garfield. cleans your carpet? >> jimmy: hoover. [ laughter ] ♪ happy birthday mr. president ♪ >> tariq: come on, kennedy. kennedy.n' mon up? >> jimmy: jefferson.
[ laughter ] oom vroom. >> tariq: ford. dollar bill? >> jimmy: washington. $20 bill? >> tariq: jackson. $100 bill? >> jimmy: benjamin franklin. but that's a trick question, he wasn't a president. [ light laughter ]iq >> twell, i bet you can't name the last 10 presidents in order. >> jimmy: i bet you can't. >> both: johnson, nixon, ford, carter, reagan, bush, clinton, bush, obama, trump. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's impressive. that is impressive. how did you know all that?go >> tariq: i ha teachers growing up. how about you? us jimmy: cue cards. [ laughter and app] ♪ let's get to some news here. on friday, president trump declared a national emergency. then he immediately went on vacation to florida. while he was at his golf club, a photo of him standing at the omelet bar went viral. did you see this? this is real. yeah. [ laughter ] he's like, "i'll have the spanish omelet, hold the spanish." [ laughter and applause ]
over the weekend, trump's pick to be the next u.n. ambassador withdrew herself from io consider you got to hand it to trump, his administration is running so smoothly, that his staff is now firing themselves. [ ght laughter ] [ applause ] zi steve: aw. >> jimmy: that's a. when you can get to that level. hey, guys, the oscars are less than a week away. waand an image of the stag just revealed. this is real. take a look. it was just sued for copyright infringement by trump's hair. [ laughter and applause ]yo wellguys, mcdonald's amrock shake is back. [ cheers and applause ] "e some people said it's a a little early." while americans are like, "shut up, we need this!" [ laughter ] checthis out. the other day, a woman gave birth to a baby boy on a a jetblue flight. it was stressful, but now jetblue can finally say that they had an early arrival. so, yeah.er [ laugnd applause ] >> steve: come on. >> jimmy: finally, after all these years.
and finally, i heard that once it's legal, new york city bodegas could start selling weed. [ cheers ] or as owners put it, "yeah, 'start' selling weed." [ laughter and applause ]ll "yeah, wtart. we'll start when we can. not now, of course." guys, last night was the nba all-star game. and one of the biggest plays everyone's talking about is steph curry's assist. check this out. >> curry with a high bounce -- >> jim: oh, yeah! that was awesome. doh'ing. yeah. st steve: doh'ing. >> jimmy: we lovh curry here. so a couple weeks ago, we asked him to try something fun. we gave him three weird phrases and asked m to sneak them into the interviews he did over all-star weekend. [ light laughter so the phrases -- the phrases he had to sneak were -- "energizer bunny." [ light laughter ] "flipping pancakes." [ light laughter ] and "wham, bam, can of ham." [ laughter ] now, no one knew that we were going to do this. it is time for "drop it in."
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ drop it in drop it in drop drop drop it in ♪ >> from the time i got here or thursdayng to now, i'm just kind of trying to get as much in as i can. got to be like the energizer bunn-- [ ding ] fight this fatigue. ever since i touched down on the ground thursday morning, i l fee i've been running crazy. i got to be energizer bunny this weekend. [ ding ] you know, trying to get through it all. we been having these back and forth competitions since we were kids, since we were flipping pancakes as youngins in charlotte. [ ding ] from the time i picked up a a basketball i knew, like, onshooting was kind of secd nature. like flipping pancakes for me. [ ding and then the last one, it just looked good, from the time it left their hand. i was like, wham, bam, can of ham. that's going in. [ ding ] [ laughter and applause ] wham, bam, can of ham. i'm out! [ ding ] >> jimmy: there you go right there. [ cheers and applause ] how great is: hat? >> steme on! >> jimmy: how great is that? >> steve: come on. that's an old school -- >> jimmyansteph curry. you so much to steph curry and the nba. [ cheers and applause ]
wham, bam, oh, my gosh. hey guys, yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of us doing "the tonight show." so i want to say thank you very much. [ cheers andpplause ] ♪ we're so appreciative of all the love and support that we get om everyone that watches the show. and we wanted to pay that goodwill forward. annight, i wanted to shine a a little light o organization i've worked with over the last five years. it's called the seriousfun children's network. and it was founded bic actor paul newman. it started as one camp, and nowe it's expto over 30 camps and programs around the world. if you go to their website, sf serinetwork.org, you'll see all the amazing stuff their team ds for kids. these are kids with serious illnesses that don't get a a chance to be ks. here's paul newman himself talking about seriousfun. >> life has a lot to do with luck. the benevolence of it for some of us, and the brutality of it for others. but there is a place where a a flame burns for every child,
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>> jimmy: we have a great show tonight, everybody. once again, jeff daniels is here [ cheers and applause ] amazing performance on bro right now, "to kill a a mockingbird." jeff daniels, i love him. also, paul shaffer is on the show tonight. cheers and applause ] i'm so excited about paul shaffer.yo i meanmust be asked about paul shaffer in every single interview -- >> tariq: yeah. jimmy: you do? ah. >> tariq: yeah. >> jimmy: he's a legend. i just -- i was thinking about paul shaffer. becae i obviously love him from "saturday night live." and i'll talk to him about all this when he's out here. but i kind o like, learned my comedy timing a little bit from his laugh. >> tariq: really? >> jimmy: from letterman. >> tariq: okay. >> jimmy: when he was on letterman, he would -- letterman would tell a joke and either iwould work or not work. and the audience didn't really matter. because he would tell a joke and all of a sudden you would hear -- "ah! [ laughter ah!" [ laughter ] and, like, paul shaffer from the back. he wasn't even -- the camera wasn't even on him. ve would tell a joke. the camera would be on dave. and all of a sudden, from this side, you kind hear -- "a" [ laughter ] like i was saying, i'm so excited he's here.
i love him. paul shaffer is on the show tonight. [ cheers and alause ] d we have great music from wallows. [ cheers and applause ] oh, we love that band. that's going to be fun. guys, during a recent rally, president trump tried to say the words "by the way." but he had a little trouble sa ng it. check out this. >> right on the banks of the ri legendargrande where, by the well -- i don't know. you heard, right? [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: close enough. "by the well. it's by the well. but -- [ applause ] next to -- timmy, tell lassie it's by the well. td --" we noticed trump huble pronouncing things all the time. so with that in mind, it's timel to play like trump." here we go. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ talk like trump talk like trump talk like trump ♪ >> jimmy: alright, so here's . how this wor i'm going to see if anyone can guess how the president is going to mispronounce a simple word.ou ifet it right, you get a a prize. if you get it wrong, you still get a prize.
okay, raise your hand -- [ cheers ] if you want to play "talk like dyump." yeah, come here, byeah. nice to see you, buddy. >> hi. >> jimmy: that's a nice shirt. [ light laughter ] >> it's from your show. >> jimmy: yeah. [ laughter ] >> i could put on my jacket. >> jimmy: no, please. dude, at this point it's too late. [ laughter ] what is your name? >> logan. >> jimmy: logan, where are you from? >> connecticut. >> jimmy: hey, welcome. all the way from connecticut. yeah, thank you foapbeing here. ause ] in our very first clip, it's very simple. awesident trump is going to try to say the word kers." >> okay. >> jimmy: how do you think that he's going to mispronounce it? >> rawcakers. [ light laughter ]>> immy: instead of "lawmakers," he's going to say "rawcakers." okay, good. >> he thinks about food a lot. >> jimmy: yeah. either way we got to get you a a new t-shirt.go here w let's see. let's see what happened. here we go. nd a bipartisan conference committee of houseenate lawmoikers and leaders -- >> jimmy: no, that's close enough, "lawmoikers." there you go. that's your lawmoikers t-shirt. [ cheers and applause ] look at that.
that's pretty good. try it on. itit's good. trn. put it on. it's great. >> why, you don't like my shirt? >> jimmy: no, i love the shirt. i love neil diamond. are you kidding me? i forgot that was his middle name for all these years. look at that. that's what i'm talking abou see? [ cheers and applause ] thank you, buddy. i appreciate it. thank you pal. >> thank you so much. >> jimmy: logan, thank you for being here. who else? who else? yeah, hey. how are you doing, pal? >> hi. >> jimmy: what's your name? >> jenny. >> jimmy: jenny, where are you from? >> seattle. >> jimmy: hey, seattle. oh, we love it. shoutout to kexp radio. i don't know if you >> yeah. >> jimmy: it's a great radio station. [ laughter ] all right, our next clip, trump tried to say the word "says." pretty simple. >> yeah. >> jimmy: says. how do you think the president will mispronounce the word "says?" >> shez. >> jimmy: yeah. [ laughter ] yeah, 'cause he does that now and then. >> yes. >> jimmy: it feels like -- almost like his teeth are falling out. yeah, he's like, "shez." that's pretty good. let's see what happened. >> guess how much intellectual property a u.s. government official saves -- [ buzzer ] [ laughter ]
>> jimmy: saves. saves. that was a good guess, though. you get it a wway. yeah, th a good one. [ applause ] who else? who wants to play? yeah, come on. ♪ here you go. what is your name? >> tianna. >> jimmy: tianna, where are you from?be >> lonh, california. [ cheers ] >> jimmy: hey, all the way from california. are you cold? >> i'm freezinre >> jimmy: yoreezing, yeah. well, thank you for putting up with this weather. thank you for being here. in our final clip, trump tries toay the word "suspected." "suspected."ou how dohink he's going to mispronounce "suspected?" >> suspertied. ] [ laught >> jimmy: i wish. i wish he said, "suspertied." but that's advanced writing right there. "suspertied." let's see what the pre says. >> i.c.e. officers removed ga10,000 known or suspeste members. buzzer ] laughter ] >> jimmy: suspesitgig. there you go. that's incorrect, bu-sthere's yourrt. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much. i appreciate you being here. that was "talk like trump." thank you to all of our players. [ cheers and applause ] we'll be back with the great jeff daniels!
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: our first gues tonight is an emmy-winning and tony-nominated actor who stars in the new play, "to kill ack a gbird" which is currently at the shubert theatre. everyone, please welcome jeff danls. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: jeff daniels, that's what i'm talking about. ohjeff -- jeff daniels, we love having you here. the audience loves havg you here. thank you for coming back -- >> love being here. >> jimmy: to our show. since i last saw you, n
another emmy. you won an emmy. so congratulations. [ cheers a♪ applause ] ♪ that's fantastic. that's great. " let's talk abo kill a a mockingbird." man, rave reviews on this. congrats on this. you're playing atticus finch. i mean, legendary harper lee. i mean, this is -- are you -- were you intimidated or scared at all when you first were offered this? or you go -- >> i was supposed to be intimidated. and i knew that if i let myself worry about gregory peck winning an oscar for it -- >> jimmy: yeah. >> or harper lee's pulitzer prize-winning, you know, novel. and aaron sorkin who wrote the play is -- you know, we're in e same boat. and you just -- you can't do that. i mean, you got to look at peck. and as great as he was in e movie, it was either the definitive, can't imagine everyone else doing it performance. or he was the only go who got to. >> jimmy: oh, that's true. >> so that's what i said. i said, "i want . originate i'm going to ignore what he did.
here we go. and if you like it, great." and they did. they went for it. >> jimmy: yeah, people are loving it right now. i mean as powerful as this story is, but many words as ron sorkin writes. >> there's a couple of lines. [ light laughter ] re>> jimmy: i mean, he's a writer. but he packs it in. i mean, remember "social network." he -- i was -- he wrote three times the script and said, "just talk faster."h. >> y >> jimmy: i mean -- [ light laughter ] >> oh, yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: so you have a lot of dialogue. >> yeah. but i have yet to meet an actor who wants fewer lines. you know, so -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but how fo you preparall these -- do you do vocal warmups before every show? >> yeah, yeah, yeah.et i'm fighting sng now. but -- >> jimmy: i appreciate you being here. 'cause i know it's your day off. >> i'm happy to be here. but i -- you do to get the -- get up in here. singers do this all the time. so i have, like, a 15 minute thing where it's, you kn -- [ vocalizing ] [ laughter ] [ vocalizing ] >> jimmy: wow, oh my -- [ cheers and applause ]
dude, welcome back to master class with jeff d niels. [ laughter ] oh, i love ti t you do that. so heard you have a new favorite snack that you've -- >> oh, yeah. yeah. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: you act like it's going to be a smash hit. i don't know about this. >> oh, really? >> jimmy: well, i don't know. because i have a little of it. this is -- it involves rice cakes -- >> yeah. >> jimmy: peanut butter -- >> yeah. >> jimmy>>and bbq sauce? eah. [ audience ohs ] >> jimmy: now, i -- >> yeah. i know, right? [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: explain this to h. how did thpen? >> well, when you are on a a diet, when you still got -- you got to f into atticus' suit. >> jimmy: yeah. >> they cut it tight anyway. you can' the tonight dough ice cream? >> jimmy: no, you can't. no, you -- yeah, yeah, yeah. i understand. >> i mean, you can have it in your fezer, of course. jimmy: wait till after you're done with your play. >> but you got eat something dietetic.ic socakes are -- is like eating cardboard. [ laughter ]'s >> jimmy: thuch a great commercial, yeah. >> but i just took -- i'm kind of like, you know, the single man cooks. and so -- you know, when kathleen's gone, i
just go, "well, i'm going to go gourmet toght. let me get a rice cake. [ light laughter ] let me get some peanut butter. i like that taste. and i really love the taste of bbq sauce." [ laughter ] so you jusstart doing it. >> jimmy: all three together? >> yeah. >> jim this dude.know about alright, i can do that. ♪ >> there's that. >> jimmy: okay. so far this is -- so far so good. >> rice cake, music. i love it. >> jimmy: yeah. >> alright, there's that. >> jimmy: this selection is actually called "rice cake music." >> is it? is it? >> jimmy: yeah, it's very famous. >> i can look it up, get it on -. >> jimmy: ye >> get it on the internet. >> jimmy: yeah. >> the icloud up there. >> jimmy: okay. [ audience ohs ] jeff, i don't know, man.er [ laug i don't know, man. i think you took it one step too far, buddy. wow, well, you ate it. [ laughter ] i got to really try thi right here? oh, my gosh. are you just making me do this -- >> no. >> jimmy: just to see how i react? [ cheers and applause ]
[ talking over each other ] [ laughter ] >> you've got the crunchy. >> jimmy: it's arrived. >> you got the cream.'s >> jimmy: rrived. >> and then the sparkle with the bbq sauce. >> jimmy: i don't know want anyone to think i'm acting. do you want to give one to someone in the audience just to have them take a bite of this? >> yeah. [ chee and applause ] >> i'll give them this one.yo >> jimmy: guys want jeff daniels to -- [ cheers and applause ] >> will you pass? >> jimmy: you can give this to her. >> yeah. >> jimmy: i'll take that oon. 'cause thayou're not feeling too well. so i'll take that one. >> i'm deathly ill. i'm toxic. so you'll probably -- you'll probably die if you ea. >> jimmy: yeah, don't, yeah. [ laughter ] alright, try and be really honest. >> ce on. yeah, oh, yeah. >> jimmy: that's exactly. >> oh, yeah. >> jimmy: that's -- look at he [ laughter ] that's -- i don't want to say -- i have nothing. [ cheers and applause ] do you have a bucket or something? here, give me a script. >> just take it. >> jimmy: we won't look at you. she said, "just take it."
[ laughter ] she wasn't -- she said, "thank you so much." [ laughter ] she loved it. she absolutelycooved it. jeff on. >> oh, she acted like -- she's going to have one tonight when she goes home. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i don't know. we tried it. that is unbelievable right there. oh, my goodness. thank you for that. this is -- i want to say, the second time you have a a mockingbird in your credit. [ light laughter ]ll because wenow from "dumb and dumber," you and jim carrey singing -- [ cheers and applause ] anyways, does thyo stick with if people bring that up at all or no? >> there are a couple in the yo cast who said,know, is there a connection with -- you did that and now you're ing this. did you know then?" no, of course not. >> jimmy: of course no [ laughter ] no. >> but it would have been -- if jim had turned -- it would have been nice if jim turned to me and go, "some day." laughter ] >> jimmy: is it true, i heard that when you did -- you were doing "dumb and dumber to," you were talking to jim and you go,
"i think i'm going tre after this movie?" >> yeah, i was done. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: dude, that's just the best thing er. i want to do that take. camera where? camera four? where do i look? right here? "yeah, i was done.li t laughter ] yeah, i was done. yeah, i was done." >> i had had enough. >> jimmy: really, you're going to retire? >> i wanted to s p at home on ch and eat these things. >> jimmy: really? [ laughter ] >> yeah. : but what made you -- what happened? what turned it around? >> well, aaron sorkin with "newsroom" turned it around. >> jimmy: oh, that's rig. [ cheers and applause ] >> but, you know, jim said something -- and, you know, he -- friends having done the two other anvies together. i said, "i'm thinking about being done." and he goes, "you know, you can't do that. this what you do.">> immy: yeah. >> "it's what you do. you find funny every night. and that's what you'resed to do, jeff. you're supposed to be an actor. and that's what you're going to e.do until you hit your gr so stop talking about
retiring." he just slapped me around. [ laughter ]nn it'sing. but -- you know, it was a, "yeah, okay, all right." and en "newsroom" happens. and then "godless" happens. i mean, aaron sorkin -- and then aaron comes to me and says, "we got ghts to 'kill a mockingbird' on broadway at the shubert theatre which is the carnegie hall of broadway. d we want you to play atticus." and you know when aaron sorkin r 42 years into areer says that, you know it's the role of a lifetime. and your job athat point is to give the performance of your life every night. and so that's how i approached it. that's h the cast approaches it. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and that's why it works every night. >> jimmy: and you're hitheng it out ofark. we love you, buddy. thank you so much for coming on. >> thanks for having me. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i'm going to have to take another bite of this. jeff daniels, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] o kill a mockingbird" is currently at the shubert theatre. "the tonight show" when we come back, everybody.
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summer, sunday nights in imetime on axs tv. please welcome, paul shaffer, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> oh. oh, yeah. oh, oh. i can't -- >> jimmy: me on. i see >> i'm not worthy. no, no. you're worthy. no. >> j i'm not worthy.thy. >> no, i'm not -- >> jimmy: i'm not worthy, exactly -- >> you're not worthy? i'm not worthy. >> jimmy:paul shaffer is here. welcome to our show. >> jimmy: thank you so much for coming on. >> are you kidding? this is -- you've been on the tonight -- you have been the star of show" for five years. >> jimmy: that's right. thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> you know what, the piano, it's perct for -- you know what i'm doing now? this is called noodling. >> jim: it's like lounge -- >> do you know what i mean by noodling? >> jimmy: yeah. >> well you just kind of, yeah: - >> jim have a a conversation. >>ahs we speak. we -- >> jimmy: it's like a "playboy after dark" type of -- >> a kind of -- exactly. [ light laughter ] very cool. yeah, very cool. yeah. >> jimmy: when did you first -- >> come on in, barbi. barbi benton. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: look who's here. look who's here. oh, my gosh. >> right. >> jimmy: oh my goodness. >> yeah, so i'll be noodling do you mind? i'm just going to noodle as you -- >> jimmy: no, you noodle, and i'll -- >> yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
f lay my: i'll just kind like - >> what are you drinking? [ light laughter ] like a scotch? >> jimmy: i'm just having, well, i'll have a -- >> get this man a scorch. >> immy: scotch on the rock thank you. >> rocks, yes. >> jimmy: of course. ♪ when did you first start playing pio? do you remember as a kid? do you remember going like, oh, this could be my thing. >> i -- yes, my mother said to her neighbor's and friends, "that kid is going to take piano lessons over my dead body!" >> jimmy: really? >> that's the kind of mother i had. o jimmy: is that right? >> and i thank heris day. because i studied classical piano from the age of six all h throgh school. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah, i gave it up once i went to college.ye bu i studied classical. >> jimmy: what made you get out in college? you just feel like, it's not -- >> oh, i don't know. i thought there would be too much to do in college. you know? you have to buckle down and get to work. and so i gave up. you know, i no longer had a a rock band. i played in a high school -- all through high school with a a rock band. i gaall up. tried to settle down, and become an academic of some sort. i got so sad andepressed, and then i started playing a little bit after first year. cheered up right away! >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. a little rock and roll, yeah. >> i got to do music. i think i've got to at least
try. yeah. >> jimmy: i think the first no time iyou from is "saturday night live." you were -- >> that's right. i did the first five years of "saturday night live." i was the band [ cheers and applause ] yes, indeed. i'm talking about the original cast. chevy chase, gilda radne >> jimmy: yes. >> all the greats --be >> jimmyshi. >> garrett morris, belushi, dan aykroyd. oh, indeed. the classic people, jane curtin, laraine newman. >> jimmy: do you have any favorite moments from that? i know everyone probably asks. s well, you know, i used to -- i became a writer cial musical material. i used to write musical stuff for the cast. and you remember when s billy murray used to do lounge? >> jimmy: nick, the lounge singer. >> nick, the lounge singer. yeah. >> jimmy: i remember you from that. yeah, absolutely. >> so i would -- yeah, i would not only appear in it as the pianist, but i used to be a part of -- >> jimmy: it was like -- ♪ star wars ly >> exa ♪ talking about star wars ♪ ♪ talkin' 'bout >> jimmy: that crazy -- ♪ star wars don't let them in ♪ >> and i wrote these. these are my lyrics for the bridge. ♪ and hey how about that nutty star wars bar ♪
>> thank you. thank you very much. cheers and applause ] i wrote that. ♪ who can believe those creatures in there ♪ >> i think i wrote that too. >> jimmy: how about that nutty star wars bar. v >> thank yy much. >> jimmy: i love it. >> 'cause everybody in town was talking about it. oh, did you see the "star wars" bar? lk t's, everybody used to about it >> jimmy: yeah! ♪ >> jimmy: of course. si>> you know that that muc would play. [ cheers ] yeah, well that was -- i was just getting warmed up. >> jimmy: buthen you went from there, and -- so, you went on to "snl", but then i realize that you were friends with marty short and gilda from -- was it "godspell"? his c. ye aet itoo in 1972 we were all about 22 years old. and there was a canadian version of the new york show called "godspell" casting in toronto. and steve schwartz, the composer -- he's the g who wrote "wicked", it's running on broadway now forever. >> jimmy: yeah, of course.to >> he was up into casting, and he cast all the funniest people in town. he cast martin short, he cast eugene levy, he cast dr martin, gilda radnor.
>> jimmy: can you imagine that? >> victor garber from ." dave thomas from "sctv." th was our company. and then, in the auditions, i was playing for a couple of ie girls of mine who were auditioning for him. and stephen schwartz si want to talk to that piano player." and he said, "can stu play the f the auditions? 'cause you seem to know a lot of songs." and at the end of the day, he said, "do you think you could get a band together, and conduct the show?" and i was in show business. and that's how it happened. >> jimmy: yeah. >> andch'm still -- rs and applause ] yes, indeed. thank you. >> jimmy: you ride that great line that not many people -- of comedy and music. and you' an idol to me, and a a lot of people. because i love both, and you're just -- i mean, you were in "spinal tap." you're artie fufkin. >> got to be artie fufkin "spinal tap." >> jimmy: yes! [ cheers and applause ] >> yes, thank you. one of my hits. thank you for remembering. >> jimmy: oh, please. >> one of my hits. >> jimmy: but then you went on to be a sidekick and band leaderor david letterman. >> well, that was just -- and you know david -- [ cheers and applause ] thank you for remembering.
when david -- when i went in fory first meeting with him, he said, "you know i used to see you on 'snl' doing those bill murray lounge sketches." >> jimmy: yeah. >> he -- that's where he knows me. i think that may have been what got me the job was just you know, myork with billy in those things. >> jimmy: and do you remember being in this studio, and in this building?>> star wars" -- absolutely, coming in here. i remember how we come in in the basement now. >> jimmy: ye exactly, yeah. >> it reminded me of the day that we had the big sonny & cher reunion on letterman. do you remember that? >> jimmy: of course. >> they hadn't been together, and they sang "i got you babe" e for the first >> jimmy: yes. >> and afterwards i'm down in the basement, and there's no limousine for me or my band. we're trying to get out to california for a rehearsal the next morning. i know questlove knows what i'm talking about. >> questlove: you're on tour, yeah. >> because you're always on a a flight. and the limo company just left, d there was no car. and sonny comes out. sonny bono says, "paul, what's noe matter?" i said, "i don'thow we're going to get to the airport. there's no car." he says, "take my car. i'll go wi cher." >> jimmy: no. >> i said, "what?" yeah, cher had like 15 hairdressers, and three trainers with her, you know? >> jimmy: yeah! >> and chastity is there. he actually pushed me into the
limousine, "take my car." >> jimmy: and saved the day for you. >> that was sonny bono -- >> jimmy: hey, that's a great story! ♪heers and applause ] ♪ i got you babe >> that's what sonny san >> jimmy: i mean, you do that, but did you -- when did you feel like, "oh, this is working?" like -- when people do impressions of you -- i'm telling you, when i did standup in like '98 ev >> yeah. >> jimmy: there would be a side of the stage that was just comedians, and then the audience. and you would tell a joke, and either it'd work or not. but if it was clever, you uld hear the comedian side of the comedy club go, "ah!" >> ah!do they werg me. >> jimmy: yes! >> did you see on "family guy" they did the paul shaffer fire alarm? you know, if it smells smoke, "ah!" ah! [ laughter ] that was the ultimate compliment. >> jimmy: but when you -- we had a couple of your friends on the other day. martin short and steve martin, and they are amazi. they were just -- they just played three shows with you. >> do you know that i -- yes, i substituted they have a wonderful pianab player, jeff, who couldn't make it. and i substituted for him for three shows. th are so funny, and i tel
you -- i hope i have time forsthis y. >> jimmy: yeah, of course. >> we're playing at a place, the foxwoods casino. it's in a place called mashantucket. so, they hado learn it, so eve martin would say, "great to be here in mashantucket." you know? they had to say it. >> jimmy: yeah, sure. >> anyway then marty goes into a thing about his old times in "godspell," and how he was almost in "hair." and how they had nude scene in "hair" just before the first break. everybody would beude. and as he's talking, he's taking off his clothes. and he's got underneath a a uni-tard, flesh colored. >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> looks like he's nude. but with his private parts sort of just sketched on. like a cartoon. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> so, steve goes crazy. "look what you're doing. you're embarrassing me. and this is a classy show, in front of paul shaffer. paul, come on out here and tell us what you think." and when iome out, i've got the uni-tard on, naked as well, you know? [ laughter ]xc it's hilarioust for one thing. marty isn't -- i don't know if you've heard. but you know, some people have heard, and it's true about him. he is -- he is blessed --
how ould i put this? [ laughter ] down there. >> jimmy: yeah, okay. yeah i think -- >> he's blessed down -- now me, you know, i do all right.fi but of all, it was cold in the dressing room. [ laughter ] it was freezing cold. and secondly -- >> jimmy: oh, my god, the excuses. >> you know, the underwear is confining.-u it's like a pubra. >> jimmy: of course. >> all i know is i look down, and there was nothing much to talk about at all in comparison oo marty. and steve martin down and he says, "now i know what they mean by mashantucket." [ laughter ] [ applause ] and i -- this guy -- i hit the ground. i hit the ground. >> jimmy: and did they roast you? 'cause they come on my show, and they roast me all the time. in the best way.un it's, but they would -- >> marty roasted me a little bit. >> jimmy: marty, yeah. >> he said, "you look like a a maitre d on a spaceship." [ laughter ] then he says, "you look like a a depressed vin diesel." [ laughter ] and finally, he says, "you look
like a shrunken howie mandel." [ laughter ] nog i thought that was goin too far. >> jimmy: that was going too far. ♪ >> i'm all right with but you know -- >> jimmy: can we talk about one the favorite songs that i have of yours. it's a big hit song, in fact. but i don't know if a lot of people know that you have writte >> you know, a lot of people -- funny thing, some comedians -- like charlie chaplin wrote one song.di you know that? >> jimmy: no. >> he wrote a beautiful song. ♪ ♪ smile though your heartis reaking smile even though it's aching ♪ ♪ if there are clouds >> that's charlie chaplin wrote that. well i wrote"it's raining men." [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i mean --- same kind of feel. >> wel thank you for membering. [ laughter ] i co-wrote it with a brilliant u genius namedjabara. >> jimmy: yeah. >> no longer with us. when i wrote it, i played it for my wife. i said, "listen to this, i think it's got something." she said, "ugh, what were you thinking?" e hated the song. >> jimmy: really?
>> but in the meantime, the royalties have educated both of my children. [ laughter ] ]applau >> jimmy: there you go. now -- >> she's changed her mind. >> jimmy: now she enjoyshe song. >> kind of likes the song. can i play a little bit of it? >> jimmy: can you please give us a taste? you guys mind a little taste? [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> hume we go. ♪ity is rising barometer's getting low according to all sources the streets the place to go ♪ cause tonight for the first time at jusabout half past ten ♪ ♪ for the first time in histo it's gonna start raining men ♪ >> roots! ♪ it's raining men hallelujah it's raining men hey hey ♪ ♪ it's raining men hallelujah it's raining men hey hey ♪ ♪>> immy: paul shaffer, everybody!
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